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Apple Pie Granola

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Apple Pie Granola

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I moved to Houston from Ohio more than 5 years ago and one of the hardest things about that transition was September. September in the Midwest is kind of a magical month. The weather begins to change. Leaves start to turn colors. Summer feels like it’s over and a new season begins.

But in Houston typically, September feels like August. It’s usually still pretty hot here (make that really hot) at a time when you are ready for a change. Well, this week, September has been glorious. Cool mornings. Less humidity. It feels like a change of season. And it makes me want to shift toward some Fall tastes.

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Maca Maple Cashew Granola

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I’m a yogi and I make granola…a lot. This is a stereotype that I wholeheartedly embrace. I’ve posted several granola recipes in the past two years, but this one is extra special to me.

It’s a standout for two reasons: first, it’s CLUMPY and second, it has MACA.

I have been trying for so long to come up with a tasty-not too sugary-clumpy-chunky granola recipe. It’s harder than you’d think. Well, this recipe has the clumpy thing going on and I love it. So while it’s still great as breakfast in a bowl with let’s say cashew milk (oh, man), it’s also just an awesome snack that you can put into a little wax paper bag and be on your way.

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Blueberry Pie Granola

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Here’s my summer go-to granola. Blueberries are so good right now. And they are even better if you can find a place to pick your own. We are lucky where I live to have a wonderful blueberry farm about a half an hour away. Houston peeps if you haven’t been to Moorhead’s Blueberry Farm in Conroe, do yourself a favor and go. It’s so fun. But be warned. You will probably come home with way more blueberries than you know what to do with. Stick those babies in the freezer and enjoy them all summer long in your smoothies.

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Wanderlustful Açaí Bowl

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I spent last weekend doing yoga and more yoga at Wanderlust Festival Austin. I took classes from rockstar yogis, like Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Janet Stone and MC Yogi. We posed, we flowed, we flew, we laughed, we danced and we had a blast. And since we were in Austin, we ate some pretty good food too.

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Lots of Veggies Sushi Rolls

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When I was in yoga teacher training, veggie sushi saved my life. I would come home late, tired and hungry after a long day of practicing yoga. Although I was super hungry, really the only thing I wanted was vegetable sushi rolls…a little seaweed salad was okay too. I’m not sure I can explain this, looking back. Maybe it was the salty taste from the nori and soy sauce. Maybe it was the fact that sushi rolls can be light and filling at the same time. For me, it was a craving that could not be denied.

On these evenings, I usually had rolls from my favorite asian restaurant or really I was not that picky, grocery store sushi was fine too. But now that I have a little more time, I really like making my own rolls. And what’s fun is that I get to come up with weird combinations that I wish I could find on a menu but I never can, like mango/cucumber.

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Sunflower Butter

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Just got back from a 2000 mile road trip from Houston to Cincinnati. So great to see old friends and enjoy cooler weather. Since I was traveling by car, I packed a bag full of healthy snacks. My favorite thing that I brought along was a sleeve of rice cakes and a jar of creamy Sunbutter.

It’s amazing how satisfying this little snack is to me. I got my good friend Kristin hooked on it too. We’d spend a day shopping or go for a long walk and come home and make this treat. Couldn’t be easier: spread a generous tablespoon of Sunbutter on lightly salted rice cake. Top with fruit if you feel like it…bananas, strawberries, peaches…whatever. Oh, and a little drizzle of maple syrup is pretty awesome, too.

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Blueberry Lavender Ice Pops

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So I stopped by my local farmers market yesterday afternoon and somehow got totally inspired to make this. It started when I walked by the blueberry guy. There was no way I was leaving without some of those babies. Then I spent a long time talking with the lavender guy. He had some tomato samples sprinkled with this amazing lavender seasoning…oh my.

When I saw this cute little tin of culinary lavender, I knew I wanted to pair the blueberries and lavender in some way. I’ve actually never put these two things together, but they seem like a natural flavor combination. Think I will probably be playing around with this idea some more.

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